$5.3 Million Fine to Ontario Company Upheld – Why Environmental Stewardship Matters

November 2017, an Ontario judge upheld the fine after a fourteen-day trial. On January 2016, The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change announced that Sunrise Propane Energy Group Inc., its two directors and 1367229 Ontario Inc. were found guilty of seven charges under the Environmental Protection Act, including permitting the discharge of a contaminant into the natural environment and several counts of failing to comply with a provincial officer’s orders.  They were fined a total of $5.3 million.
The company was also found guilty of violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act including failing to train and supervise workers on safe work practices and recognition of hazards associated with propane storage, dispensing, handling and appropriate emergency response to propane leaks.
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